A loan of $600 helped to buy farming supplies and soil amendments.

Santa Mercedes's story

Santa is 53 years old. She lives with her partner in a common-law relationship. She also lives with her children, ages 9 and 12. She likes to walk and knit. She lives in the Mocache canton, Los Ríos province.

Her credit group is called Juntos Triunfaremos [Together We Will Triumph]. It is located in the John F Kennedy 2 neighborhood, which belongs to the Mocache cantón, near Ventanas. Its members work in farming and livestock.

Santa works in farming; for a number of years she has planted corn and rice. She buys her products in Ventanas at Agroquímica Carlita, and sells them in the market of the same place.

The loan she has requested is for the purchase of soil amendments and fertilizers for corn and rice crops. The loan has helped her to increase her income for her family to use, and for investment. Her dream is to get ahead with her family.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Patricia Patton

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